Duluth Airport Seeks to Replace Operator

Assuming the City Council approves the airport authority's involvement in the deal, Ryks said Monaco Aviation could come on board as Duluth International's new FBO in November.

"We may well use the FBO for fueling once again, because 100 low-lead won't be our only fuel in the future," King said, hinting at a new generation of airplanes.

Ryks also is encouraged that Monaco is interested in investing in new facilities at Duluth International. He said there's a proposal in progress to build a new general aviation arrival facility on the north-south runway.

Rob West, CEO of the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, said such a facility would be an asset, particularly because many businesspeople fly into the area aboard private aircraft.

"We want to put our right foot forward," West said, describing the facility as the first impression many visitors will have of Duluth. "Giving people the right perception that this is a vital, exciting and growing community is a very good thing."

Ryks said if sufficient money can be found and Monaco remains supportive of efforts, a new general aviation facility could be operating by 2007.

Duluth News Tribune

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